MLB Baseball: Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics – May 18, 2017

by | May 18, 2017 | Baseball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland California
Date & Time: May 18, 2017 at 10:05 PM Eastern time
M/L Spread: OAK -105 | BOS -105
Total: O/U 9
Quick Pick: Boston Red Sox -105 for 4 Units

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The Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox will kick off a four-game series starting tonight in Oakland California. This is the first time this year that these two teams have faced each other. Over the last 10 games that the athletics and Red Sox have faced one another, the Red Sox have won 9 out of 10 times.

Boston Heads West After Sweep Of Cardinals

The Boston Red Sox will travel out west for a four-game series against Oakland starting tonight. The Red Sox are wrapping up a two-game series on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals, where they swept the Cards by the score of 6-4 on Wednesday and 5-4 last night in 13 innings.

The Boston Red Sox have a 21-18 record and are currently in third place in the American League East, four games behind the New York Yankees.

The Red Sox will send their ace Chris Sale to the mound on Thursday night to face the Athletics. Sale is 4-2 on the year in 8 games started. Sale has pitched in 58.2 innings, has allowed 32 hits in only 14 earned runs. He currently has a very low ERA of 2.15. Sale has struck out 85 batters and walked 13. In his last start, in a win against Tampa Bay rays, sales struck out 12 while allowing three earned runs on two hits over seven innings.

Oakland Athletics Return Home After Rough Road Trip

The Oakland Athletics are happy to be back home after going 1-4 on a six-game road trip. They were swept by the Texas Rangers 3-0 and then went 1-2 against the Seattle Mariners.

The Oakland Athletics are in last place in the American League West with a record of 17-23 overall on the season. They have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games. This will be the first time they have played a team from the American League East this year.

Sonny Gray will make his fourth start of the year. He is 0-1 this season with a 3.78 ERA. He has only pitched in 16.2 innings and has allowed 17 hits and seven earned runs. Gray has struck out nine batters and walked five. The last 10 games that Gray started at home in Oakland, the game has played over the posted total eight times. Oakland has struggled with Gray on the mound over his last 21 starts going 5-16 in those games.

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Boston pounds Gray, get the win on the road

Sony Gray simply has not been a good pitcher this year. Granted his exposure has been limited to only 16.2 innings the judge but the fact remains he has more hits allowed that he has innings pitched. That is not a good thing when you're going up against the American League's second-best offense in team batting average.

Boston is hitting .269 team batting average and have scored the fourth-most runs in the American League. And did I mention that Chris Sale is on the mound tonight against an Oakland Athletics team that scored the least amount of runs in the American League West? Things don't look good for Oakland, Boston wins big!

Pick: Boston Red Sox -105 for 4 Units

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